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Motorcycle ride to benefit honor squad

To submit your event for free, email Wheels at wheels@coxohio.com. Deadline is 10 days prior to desired date of publication or event. For a list of weekly and monthly cruise-ins as well as additional events, visit www.daytondailynews.com/cars/ and look for the MOTOR NEWS section. WEEKLY CRUISE-INS THURSDAY NIGHT AT AIRLINE DAIRY CRÈME, 224 N...

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Motormouth: Swapping spare tires probably won’t work

Q: Would a doughnut spare tire from a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire work on a 2014 Hyundai Elantra? Is there a standard size doughnut that works on most cars or does the size of the doughnut need to change as the year/make/model of the cars change? — P.S., Calumet City, Ill. A: It is not as much about the size of the tire, but the dimensions of the rim...

Straight Talk

Reader asks about gasoline

Wheels: Don H. writes by email: “I appreciated your recent article on the use of proper fuels in new cars. Do you have much experience with small engines, such as Tecumseh and Briggs & Stratton that are used on walk-behind lawn mowers? My last two mowers (one of each engine) no longer have manual chokes and specify the use of 87 octane gasoline...

Wheels of the Month

PHOTOS: Two area companies compete to create two custom trucks

What do you get when you pit two truck modifiers against each other for a build-off? Well, it’s the Main Event; at least that’s what Germian Ford of Beavercreek called their recent online competition. “We wanted to do something fun, and pick-up truck build-offs are kind of popular right now,” explained John Martin, sales manager...

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Spilling the truth about oil changes

Making an informed choice about oil changes just got easier, thanks to new research on the quality of engine oil. AAA found that synthetic oil outperformed conventional oil by an average of nearly 50 percent in its independent evaluation, offering vehicles significantly better engine protection for only $5 more per month when following a factory-recommended...